Green and Cream Painted Kitchen Cabinets



In the beginning…  Above is a picture of a picture (the flyer that I picked up when the house was for sale) of what the kitchen looked like when we moved in.  This was before I started my blog so I don’t have a good “before” picture.  Here are some of the changes we have made; new appliances, new countertops, new sink, new light over the sink, new window treatments, and I removed the wallpaper. 

kitchen cream

I have been busy the last couple of weeks working on my kitchen cabinets.  To refresh everyone’s memory, this is how they looked the first time I redid them.   My husband took down the cabinets over the peninsula.  He added beaded board to the recessed (and damaged) doors.  He also added beaded board to the sides of the uppers and all around the peninsula.  I then painted them a creamy white and added a brown glaze.  You may click here to see the original post.

green bottoms

It wasn’t too long before I got tired of constantly wiping down the bottom cabinets.  The creamy cabinets were pretty and I loved them but they showed a lot of  stuff; scuff marks from my kids shoes when they climb up to get something from the upper cabinets, food, dust, etc.  I was also craving a little color.  My initial plan was to paint the bottoms only.  I thought I was done when I made the post above.


After awhile, I realized that the uppers needed a little something.  I didn’t want to paint them the olive like the lower cabinets but I didn’t want to leave them creamy either.  I decided to compromise and paint the frames olive and leave the recessed, beaded board doors creamy.  I am really happy with the results.  The upper cabinets don’t feel too dark or heavy as I feared they would if I painted them solid olive.  The other reason I wanted to leave some of the creamy beaded board was so they would tie in with china hutch (which is just behind where I was standing when I took this picture).


I do have a few more things on my wish list for the kitchen.  I want to add a backsplash, change out the flourescent overhead lights and change out the flooring. 


But for now, I will call it a day in the kitchen.  I am ready to move on to some other projects.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to visit me.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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36 thoughts on “Green and Cream Painted Kitchen Cabinets

  1. I really like the way this looks. Yes, when you get your backsplash…especially if you choose white subway tile, your kitchen will shine. I see them on HGTV all the time taking out that upper ceiling lighting that you have and putting in either a ceiling fan light or just a light in the center. Easy…all projects listing above. I just did my backsplash and could kick myself at how easy and cheap it was that I didn’t do it sooner. I have a tutorial on my blog.

  2. When I went from old 80′s brown
    to my now white cabinets I would
    sit in the kitchen in amazement
    at how clean it looked… Your
    cabinets are very nice and I’m
    sure your looking, saying “Did
    I do that”?
    Nice post

  3. Hey Sandy, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a aweet comment. I just had to go check out your kitchen. I am very impressed! It doens’t even look like the same space. You really did a great job. It does look cleaner but also bigger and fresh out of this century :)

  4. Thank you so much Rondell! I really like the color too (BM Olive Branch mixed at half intensity). I used a brown glaze because I wanted to warm the grren up and I thought it would tie in with the counters better than a black glaze.

  5. Thanks Terry! I popped over to your blog (beautiful) and checked out your kitchen. I love the way your backsplash turned out :). Very classic and clean. Good tutorial too.

  6. I love the kitchen, especially the wood counters. Did you do those yourself? What wood did you choose? Are you happy with the maintenance of them?

  7. Hi Patti, thank you! My husband and I bought the wood counters at Ikea. They had birch and beech butcher block there. We have both. My husband has the beech in his workshop and the kitchen counters are birch. Yes, my husband installed the counters himself. He stained them (Danish Teak) and applied some Tung oil before installing. Note: he had to join to two sections together for the peninsula to get the width we needed. We have lived with these counters for five years. These counters get alot of use and abuse and they have held up well. I don’t chop directly on them. I don’t put hot pans on them either. I think if I had a do-over I would apply polyurethane instead of the Tung oil as a finish. Hope this helps :)

  8. Love the kitchen, wish i could see it in real life! Love the color, the light over the sink, and the counter tops.

  9. Popped over from MMM. I love how you painted the lower cupboards in you kitchen in a two-tone manner. I’ve never seen that done in a kitchen but I absolutely adore how you did it. A great job!

    Donna Allgaier-Lamberti / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
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  10. Thank you Susan. It is a lot nicer in the kitchen now. The biggest change didn’t cost any money at all. When we took the upper cabinets out that were over the peninsula it really opened the kitchen up. The beaded board and paint waxn’t a big investment either. All in all, we spent about $175. Everything else has come slowly as we can afford upgrades.

  11. Your kitchen makeover looks fantastic! It gives me inspiration. I’ve lived in my house for 6 years and wanted to paint the cabinets for 6 years. I need to do it, it just seems like such a huge task I haven’t done it yet.
    Amazing the difference your makeover made. I love your counters, too.
    Have a great day!

  12. Oh, your kitchen looks wonderful and I love your cabinets with the bead board inserts. The green looks so pretty with the cream too. Great job!
    Be a sweetie,

  13. Oh my goodness – the kitchen looks wonderful! So much better!
    I hope you’ll drop by to see My Daughter’s Master Bath Redo – #83 at Met Monday.


  14. Thanks so much. It is a big project to paint the kitchen cabinets but it is worth it. I figured the time will go by anyway so might as well have something to show for it :)

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  16. To be honest, I’m bored of the plain cream painted cupboards, that’s why I really like yours! I’m kind of a colour nut. Your kitchen looks, hm, trying to find the right word for it, I think …sophisticated. It looks clean, and crisp, but not boring!

  17. What a HUGE improvement! Everything is so very nice :-) But honestly the thing that got you started on the right foot, in my humble opinion, is removing that overhead cabinet over the peninsula! OMG! There’s a lot of storage space in them but who wants to duck underneath all the time to see what’s going on, on the other side? Haha! I’m short and it’s uncomfortable for me!

    Love what you’ve done with your kitchen.Great job!

  18. Thanks Connie! That cabinet over the penisula was the worst, most annoying part of the kitchen. It made it dark and closed off in there. My ideal kitchen is bright, airy, and open. Tearing it down was free but we did have to buy a new cabinet for the left side of the sink. I think we paid under $50 for an unfinished cabinet. It is a little samller than the original cabinets but since they are painted the same I don’t think it’s very noticeable.

  19. Thank you! I had so many cream and white kitchens pinned on my inspiration board (this was before Pinterest). I love the creamy, dreamy look of a white, cottage kitchen. But when I actually got one, well… it felt a litlle ho hum. Sometimes you have to follow your heart and not your mind to get where you should be.

  20. Your color choices look awesome! Will be attacking my kitchen cabinets soon and was wondering how you applied your paint on the cabinets?

  21. Hi Tom,
    Thank you! I like to use a foam roller. It really gives a smooth finish. A foam brush works ok too. One tip that may help is to use an artist’s brush to clean up drips in the groves and edges of cabinets and drawers.
    Good luck!

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